Top 25 states with the highest & lowest ASC wrong-site surgery rates

CMS released the results for its 2014 Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting Program, which cited the states with the highest rates and lowest rates for wrong site, side, patient, procedure and implant.

The national average for these sentinel events was 0.028, slightly down from the 2013 average of 0.039.

The states with the highest rates include:
1. Alaska: 0.158
2. Wisconsin: 0.028
3. West Virginia: 0.028
4. Wyoming: 0.028
5. Minnesota: 0.027
6. Missouri: 0.027
7. Mississippi: 0.026
8. Montana: 0.026
9. North Carolina: 0.026
10. North Dakota: 0.026
11. Washington: 0.026
12. Vermont: 0.026
13. Utah: 0.026
14. Texas: 0.026
15. Virginia: 0.026

Some of the states with the lowest rates include:
1. Arkansas: 0.013
2. Delaware: 0.016
3. California: 0.016
4. Washington, D.C.: 0.017
5. Connecticut: 0.017
6. Colorado: 0.017
7. Illinois: 0.021
8. Arizona: 0.021
9. Alabama: 0.021
10. Massachusetts: 0.022

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